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Am gonna buy a big pooch/Saint Bernard any advice anyone?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Chickmunki, Jan 14, 2008.


  1. Chickmunki

    Chickmunki PetForums Newbie

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    Hey, i am in the process of buying new dog..... I previously owned a german shepard, who sadly died before christmas plus my other poocheis. Have always adored Saint Bernards and now feel i'm ready to take on such a big dog. And i know that you can read as much as you like on a breed nothing can beat personal experience. So am asking for any advice that you think may help with owning such a big breed or any big breed. Any advice from a puppy upwards will be a great help. So feel free to hit me with any words of wisdom.
    Thankyou.:D
     
  2. Brainless

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    Please be very careful where you go for a puppy. Ensure the parents have been hip scored and have a good result.

    Contact the breed club for more information on what to look for regarding health screening parents should have had, possibly eyes, elbows hearts etc.

    Go to a breeder who is involved deeply with the breed and a breed club member.

    Reputable breeders even if not a member of a particular bred club will be known to the secretary, some of the worst bad ones will be known to, so check any breeder whose advertisement you see with the breed clubs.


    No help with living with giant breeds, other than rearing is very important and so it is even more important that the breeder is reputable and experienced enough to get you through the first years of your Saints life.
     
  3. Chickmunki

    Chickmunki PetForums Newbie

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    Have been looking into breeds etc hence why have been taking my time rather than rushing in like i usually do in most things.... As i want to get this right for obvious reasons. Will get in touch with breed club etc asap to find reputable breeder. Am also in process in building of giant list of health history questions etc for whomever i buy my pooch from is gonna think the spanish inquersistion has arrived.....Hee hee. Thankyou .
     
  4. Debbie

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    I know 2 reputable breeders if you would like to contact them.....:)
     
  5. Chickmunki

    Chickmunki PetForums Newbie

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    YES PWEASE.... that would be great am new at all this as never bought a puppy before. Have took dogs on that have had 'behavior problems/not been treat well (GRRRR!) or are not wanted any more etc' as am a sucker for big eyes and a challenge. But now want to own a dog breed i want for a change, and i REALLY don't want to mess this up and end up with a big un-manageble dog around kids. If you know what i mean.....
    Thankyou if you don't think they'd mind am after a girl/bitch..
     
  6. Debbie

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    Will pm you :)
     
  7. Nina

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    My sympathies regarding your dog. My German Shepherd Dog also had to be put to sleep before Christmas, so I understand your grief.

    When buying any pedigree dog, I would strongly suggest that you do your homework on your prospective breeder. Ask at your vets, try and contact people who have knowledge of their pups, but please also remember, that larger breeds rarely enjoy the longevity of smaller ones.

    Best of luck.
     
  8. Chickmunki

    Chickmunki PetForums Newbie

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    My deepest sympathy loosing any dog is hard espiecially at christmas. Simba was a valued member of our family and she was too bright for her own good, she was my best freind, confidont, and comforter when down and vice versa.... If dogs could talk she could of bribed me sumats chronic. We had been together so long, longer than my partner or my kids. Not that i love them any less.... Just when i lost faith in the human race so did she and we trusted each other and survived together. It was hard to see her go and she will be never forgotten as i'm sure your's will niether or any dog. Dogs touch your life in the most extrodinary way that stays with you forever. I wish you all the best and thankyou...
    Also thankyou for breeder advice etc am up to my armpits in homework on breeders so much my brain hurts, and think i have found one but am still looking into it and others just to be sure.
    Do you plan to get another dog if you don't mind me asking?
     
  9. colliemerles

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    let us know if you get one,, and pictures,, please,,,,,,,,,,,,,:D:D
     
  10. Jenny Olley

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    Socialising a very large breed pup can be more difficult, as other owner shy away from the size of the dog no matter how gentle.
     
  11. Nina

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    Yes, we do plan to get another dog, not as a replacement, since no dog can be replaced, but as another companion.

    German Shepherd Dogs have been a part of our life now for the past 30 years. Personally, I love all dogs, but this breed for me, is that little bit special. A breed that sais, "I'm watching you", when a stranger walks passed. A breed that knows exactly where their food is, and will try and take a snack when possible. A breed that will almost laugh when you laugh, and give you comfort when needed. A breed that would literally lay down their life for you.

    We have registered our interest with Battersea Dogs Home, but obviously, any rescue GSD would have to be okay with cats. We also contacted Zak's breeder, and she expects puppies in May, so we are just waiting at the moment.

    What made you think of a St Bernard? So different from a GSD.
     
  12. ajheavey

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    I have a St Bernard and I would say as long as you find a good breeder and expose your dog to lots of new things while still smallish ( about 3 to 4 months lol ) they should be really great. they are very friendly although expect lots and lots of puppy destruction - chewing walls etc lol one bite to your "new shoes" and they are half gone lol

    I hope you find the right puppy and i know you will have years of joy with your new best friend

    amanda x
     
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